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April 11, 2010 — Cocoa

At 6 a.m., four deputies arrived at the residence of Larry Bowling.

Bowling, 64, was said to have been suicidal and injured himself with a knife or handgun before confronting the officers.

When the deputies approached, Bowling came outside the house and fired at them. Deputies Thomas Case, Jason West, Brian Regan and Michael Hriciso returned fire, killing him. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bowling fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Bowling was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Bowling told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Bowling showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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